President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Israel this morning had an embarrassing setback when his armored limo broke down on the way to the airport.
The custom General Motors Cadillac limo was relegated to a pick up truck after the driver accidentally put gas in the tank instead of diesel.
Mr Obama arrived in Tel Aviv Wednesday afternoon local time, and earlier that morning, the limo that was designated to his hotel was unable to move after the driver made the silly mistake.
Local news reports allege that it was the President’s limo that was shipped over specially from Washington that broke down so he was forced to use the second vehicle that they brought over from the U.S.
The car was pictured by local station 24 Hour News when it was on the back of a flatbed truck.
Since the car was not able to take him from the airport, thankfully Obama was always scheduled to leave the airport via helicopter in order to avoid passing through the Palestinian checkpoints that interrupt the route from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem.
The United States Secret Service put out a statement about the incident, saying that it was a situation where it pays for them to be prepared.
‘One of our protective vehicles experienced mechanical problems in Israel earlier today. This is why we bring multiple vehicles and a mechanic on all trips,’ said Edwin Donovan, a spokesman for the Secret Service.
‘Situations like this are planned for extensively by our advance teams so that the President’s itinerary is unaffected by these types of issues.’
They did not confirm that whether or not the driver used gas or diesel, and if that was the cause of the malfunction.